There is a famous quote, usually along the lines of “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This has been attributed to Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729 – July 9, 1797) who was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman, who somewhat ironically has been regarded as father of of modern conservatism. Although perhaps Burke does not seem to have actually said these words. Regardless. the fact that these words are attributed in some way to a founder of the conservative movement is sobering given Donald Trump’s latest foray into playing fast and loose with anything he finds that goes against his world view.
Today Trump said that he finds the idea that Russia would interfere in the US election as unbelievable. Exact quote, “I don’t believe it.” In fact he blames the Democrats for this idea. So he is going against the CIA and intelligence services that will now report into him. This is very scary. He is serving notice that if he finds some intelligence to be outside of his preconceived worldview, he will very likely say it is wrong or politically motivated.
Then he goes on to suggest that his new Secretary of State will be Rex Tillerson, who has absolutely no foreign government experience, but it turns out is buds with many Russians. Plus of course we have no idea of Trumps Russian involvements as he has refused to disclose his taxes or his business dealings.
So you’d think, those paragons of virtue, the GOPers. to whom character matters, transparency matters and being beholden to a foreign government would matter, that they would be jumping up and down asking for some clarification from Sir Donald on exactly what his intentions are. But noooo..
The most weasly of these cowards is House Speaker Paul Ryan whose office said today “rejects any politicization” of intelligence matters regarding Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections. But stopped short of calling for an investigation into the CIA’s conclusion that Russia attempted to skew the election toward Donald Trump. Now I get it. The GOP or any party is loath to criticise a fellow party member, let alone the future president of the United States, Who, to be fair has not even been sworn in yet. But the fact is, he WILL be president. And in a short time. And we don’t know who he’s beholden to. If anyone.
If good men, but perhaps misguided people like Ryan, are not willing to stand up and be counted, then it is up to others to do so. The question is who? The so called Party of Lincoln are not only letting themselves down, they are letting the country down.